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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Jun 25, 2015 4:52 AM CST
I have sown clover this year just for the pollinators!
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Name: Melanie
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mellielong
Jun 25, 2015 8:32 AM CST
Cool! Isn't clover one of those things that they sell as a cover crop, too? Like, it helps the soil in some way? Seems like I've seen it in my catalogs for that reason. The bees also really like the clover at Grandma's place. She gets nervous about me being stung, but they get out of your way. I'm sure they're used to other animals walking around them, too.
Name: Kyla Houbolt
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kylaluaz
Jun 25, 2015 9:23 AM CST
Yes, clover is a great cover crop, a nitrogen fixer that brings nitrogen from the air into the soil and releases it in a form other plants can use. It is widely sold as a cover crop. Also, red clover is an excellent medicinal tea and tonic for what could politely be called "female troubles." I used to wild harvest red clover whenever I could find it and make vinegar with it to extract the minerals it is rich with.

*loves clover*

Green Grin!

I know we have gone pretty far off topic too, but it's a wonderful discussion so I hope it's okay for it to take place here (or somewhere?)
Name: Linda Williams
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LindaTX8
Jun 25, 2015 10:35 AM CST
I drink Red Clover tea sometimes, but I get it at the health food store!
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Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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kylaluaz
Jun 25, 2015 12:42 PM CST
Green Grin!

Easier that way. Freshly harvested herbs always have essential oils that are beneficial and which do deteriorate over time, no mater how high quality the stored product is. So there is benefit both ways. Smiling
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Jun 26, 2015 7:24 AM CST
Here is a photo of the small version I have in my yard.

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Just wanted to confirm that it is also a plantain!
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Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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kylaluaz
Jun 26, 2015 7:25 AM CST
Looks like the same plant to me, Catmint, just maybe not as large because it gets less sun? Mine seem to be in a perfect spot for their development, hahaha.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Jun 26, 2015 7:34 AM CST
it may be the sun, Kyla--my front lawn is northern exposure and on the shady side with the dogwood tree. But even on the curb strip, where they get plenty of sun, they proliferate but don't grow very large. Of course, I keep pulling those flower/seed stalks out--maybe that has an impact! Hilarious!
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